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Interpersonal Skills

3 Common Communication Conundrums and How to Handle Them

Caryn Chow | Posted 01.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Caryn Chow

The secret to communicating -- and more importantly, connecting, is to open your heart up more. Be open to being vulnerable.

Are You a Bold or Blunt Communicator?

Dianna Booher | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

"I just call it like I see it." "I'm not a touchy-feely person." "I don't beat around the bush; I just let the chips fall where they may." Such comments frequently escape from the lips of sharp-shooters, who haven't learned the difference between direct communication and bluntness.

The Most Powerful Motivator: How to Inspire Yourself and Others

Marilyn Tam | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Tam

The key is to motivation is to get people to appreciate and agree with the "why" of the project or cause. Once the purpose of the project is clear, then you and everyone's relationship to the goal becomes more obvious.

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Gregory Stebbins | Posted 01.10.2015 | Business
Gregory Stebbins

Engagement is both collaborative and consensual. It's the leader's job to ensure that their direct reports are engaged. Unfortunately, your 360 feedback results indicate that others frequently see you as the "boss from hell" who is better at commanding than leading.

Why 'Being Nice' Is Not Part of Effective Communication (And What to Do Instead)

Rosalie Puiman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rosalie Puiman

Have the courage to challenge yourself: step out of your comfort zone and start giving people the constructive feedback they deserve. That way you are actually practicing one of the most important personal skills: honesty.

Turn Your Hecklers Into Fans With Careful Communication

Dianna Booher | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

With hecklers it's not all about you. It's all about them. They have an attitude and an agenda. As a person of influence, how do you quickly turn your detractors into supporters?

Joan Moran: 7 Business Skills That Make Your Personal Life Successful

Red Room | Posted 06.19.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Red Room

Do you ever wonder why some people are successful and accomplished in business but not very successful in their personal lives?

How Much TV Should My Child Watch?

Diana Grycan | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Computers, video games etc. have absorbed so much of our children's time that we often forget about real interaction. We also forget about the effects of TV as it relates to young children and their functioning in the classroom.

WATCH: Virtual Coach May Boost Your Social Skills

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.03.2013 | Science

She can tell when you're smiling, nodding, engaging in conversation, or losing interest. No, she's not a body language expert--at least not a human on...

Paula Deen and The Food Network: Why Jumping to Conclusions Won't Work

Tom Lowery | Posted 08.26.2013 | Business
Tom Lowery

The Food Network jumped into very muddy water when it dumped Paula Dean too quickly. There's nothing worse than being condemned before we get the facts. And more so when we condemn others for past mistakes, especially when they've not been repeated.

Questions Make Good Connections

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

The people I admire are the ones who know how to ask me a good question. They know how to carry on a conversation by doing nothing more than asking something about, well, me. If you'd like to be a better questioner as a way of being a better connector, consider the following.

11 Steps to Make This the Best Week of Your Life

Robert Lockard | Posted 01.14.2013 | Good News
Robert Lockard

Every week can just keep getting better if you follow don't allow outside circumstances to determine your attitude. You don't have to be perfect to be happy; you just need to be trying to be a little better all the time.

Ten Tips For Finding Work In A Tough Economy

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business
BJ Gallagher

While the outlook for our country is getting brighter, the outlook for hundreds of thousands of individuals still seems bleak. What can you do if you're one of those folks whose job -- and/or company -- is gone forever?

PBS' 'This Emotional Life': The Building Blocks Of Connection, Part 2

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

Healthy development and attachment security flourish when resonant, competent, attuned, loving, and consistent parental behaviors mark the initial months of a baby's life.

PBS' 'This Emotional Life': The Building Blocks Of Connection, Part 1

Jessica Zucker, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jessica Zucker, Ph.D.

Babies often feel distressed and unequipped to modulate their changing feelings. Infants depend on the attachment figure to help them manage and tolerate their affective experiences.